A Particular Place: Urban Restructuring and Religious Ecology in a Southern Exurb

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A Particular Place tells the story of the dramatic changes that take place in the religious lives of a community faced with urban restructuring—in this case, Dacula, Georgia, a once-quiet small town on the outskirts of Atlanta. The demographics of Dacula were changed dramatically by the population inflow, service sector development, and housing expansion brought on by the growing metropolis.

Nancy L. Eiesland provides a qualitative study of how the local religious congregations ...

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Overview

A Particular Place tells the story of the dramatic changes that take place in the religious lives of a community faced with urban restructuring—in this case, Dacula, Georgia, a once-quiet small town on the outskirts of Atlanta. The demographics of Dacula were changed dramatically by the population inflow, service sector development, and housing expansion brought on by the growing metropolis.

Nancy L. Eiesland provides a qualitative study of how the local religious congregations altered themselves, their relations with one another, and—over time—their community in light of this disruption to their social order. Eiesland accounts for these changes by examining the lives of area newcomers and long-time residents, discussing the responses of locals to the emergence of a megachurch in their community, investigating the wrenching processes of congregational birth and deaths, and studying responses to community conflicts.

Applying population ecology approaches to the study of religious organizations within their local contexts, A Particular Place addresses together two types of restructuring that are often mutually implicated—urban and religious restructuring. This book demonstrates all that can be learned from studious attention to a particular place.

 

 

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Eisland (religion & sociology of religion, Candler School of Theology, and Emory U.) tells about dramatic changes that took place in the religious activities of a Georgia community faced with urban restructuring. She looks at how local religious congregations altered themselves, their community, and their relations with one another in light of disruptions to the social order due to population influx and housing expansion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813527376
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2000
  • Pages: 272

Meet the Author

Nancy L. Eiesland is assistant professor of the sociology of religion at Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. She is the co-editor of Contemporary American Religion: An Ethnographic Reader.
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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface
Ch. 1 Changing Places: Urban and Religious Restructuring 1
Ch. 2 "The Way It Looks from Here": Dacula, Georgia 22
Ch. 3 A Place to Be Religious: Organizing Ecological Change 46
Ch. 4 New Neighbors: A Congregation in Transition 87
Ch. 5 Making Faith: Navigating within a Religious Ecology 134
Ch. 6 Fighting the Good Fight: An Ecological Perspective on Local Conflict 174
Ch. 7 Concluding Remarks 198
Appendix 211
Notes 215
Bibliography 233
Index 245
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